Like any big city, Sydney has seemingly endless options for wedding ceremonies. But if you’re going to get married in Australia’s largest city, why not go all out and do it with a view of its most iconic building, The Sydney Opera House?
Here are three great options to make your Sydney Opera House view a reality.
First: Have your ceremony at Observatory Hill Park
This park has a fantastic view of the Harbour Bridge and is right across from the Opera House. If you want an outdoor wedding this is perfect. And the great part is that since it’s a public park, it’s relatively inexpensive to reserve. Just file an application with the City of Sydney at least four weeks in advance. You can book a three-hour block for your ceremony (receptions are not allowed in the park) for AUS$650. That fee allows you to set up 30 chairs, a red carpet and a table.
After the ceremony you can head over to one of the many hotels or restaurants in the area to celebrate. The Langham Sydney offers myriad wedding packages for small to medium-sized weddings, everything from afternoon tea to a full-blown sit down dinner and is just a couple blocks from the park. (For more details on their wedding packages, click here.) A plus side to booking your reception there is if it’s raining on your wedding day and Observatory Hill isn’t doable, The Langham can set up a last-minute ceremony with just a few hours notice, according to Lisa Crocker, Meetings, Events, and Sales Coordinator at The Langham Sydney.
Second: Hold your wedding at Park Hyatt Sydney (pictured above)
As we mentioned in our Sydney Hotels for Honeymooners roundup, the Park Hyatt has possibly the best view of the Opera House in the city. It’s right across the water and the hotel’s event spaces are set up to take perfect advantage of this. There are two reception options. The Gallery, which can accommodate as many as 130 people and has a wedding package for AUS$190 per person (minimum 80 people). That also includes a room on your wedding night with a harbor view. The Guest House can accommodate 70 people and also has an outdoor space (facing the Opera House, of course). Its wedding package is AUS$270 per person (minimum 50 people). That also includes two nights in a room with an Opera House view. For more details on Park Hyatt wedding packages, click here.
Third: Have your reception at Aqua Dining
Located in North Sydney, Aqua Dining gives you a different view of The Sydney Opera House, but it’s no less stunning. Plus, you’re right next to the Harbour Bridge and overlooking Luna Park amusement park (translation: the options for fun and creative wedding pictures are endless so make sure to schedule in plenty of time with your photographer). The restaurant is almost entirely glass and sits right above the Sydney Olympic Pool (a public facility) so no matter where you’re sitting you’ve got something to take in. Also, since there’s a ferry dock right below the restaurant, the bride and groom can make a dramatic boat entrance, according to Hayley McCloy, Events and Communications Manager for Aqua Dining Group. The restaurant can hold 120 guests for a sit-down dinner and 150 for a cocktail-style reception. Packages start at AUS$115 per person (for a cocktail style reception from April to August). For more details on Aqua Dining’s wedding packages, as well as their other venue locations, click here.
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